BOSTON, Mass. – Led by Charles Mitchell's (Boston, Mass.) career-high 21 points, men's basketball registered their second straight win of the year as they defeated Wheelock College by the final of 78-75 Tuesday evening at Winsor Gym.
UMass Boston 78, Wheelock College 75
UMass Boston (2-0)
Wheelock College (1-3)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Mitchell's career-high night led UMB to the huge non-conference win, as the Beacons had to hold-off the Wildcats in the final seconds of the second half.
On the night, Mitchell shot 7-for-11 from the field, which included four 3-pointers. The freshman guard also went 3-for-5 at the charity stripe and added three rebounds to his line.
After maintaining a comfortable lead for most of the contest, the host Wildcats came clawing back in the final five minutes. They managed to erase the Beacons 12-point lead and cut it down to just three with less than 30 seconds to play.
A pair of Michael Boyd (Malden, Mass.) free throws made it a two-possession game with 23 seconds left, but Wheelock responded in-kind to once again make it a one-possession affair.
On the Beacons next possession, the Wildcats fouled Dasan Cinelli (Boston, Mass.), which sent the forward to the line for a crucial set of free throws. He would convert on both attempts to give the Beacons a 77-73 lead. With time quickly counting down, the Wildcats tried to keep the game within reach as they drained a jumper with three ticks left on the scoreboard.
UMass Boston would once again end up on the foul line on their final possession of the night and went 1-for-2 to make it a three-point game. Wheelock's final chance to tie the score and force overtime, came as the buzzer sounded with Kiwane Crowder missing what would have been the clutch basket.
Cinelli capped-off his night with 13 points, along with Charlie Mitchell (Boston, Mass.) who came off the bench for UMB. James Hawkins led the Beacons on the glass with six rebounds.
BY THE NUMBERS
- On the night the Beacons shot 38.6% from the field (27-70) and 38.5% from behind the arc (5-13)
- The Wildcats led the night in rebounds 40-27 and shot 41.3% from the field (26-63)
- UMass Boston now leads the all-time series with Wheelock 2-1
- With the win UMB has now won their first two games of the year for the second straight season
The Beacons will host Fisher College on Friday at 5 p.m. in the first round of the Harbor Invitational.